Entrepreneurial Assistance

Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region


  • Community and economic development loans up to $500,000 to nonprofit groups that provide human services, affordable housing or community revitalization opportunities
  • Small business and micro-enterprise loans for businesses owned by women, minorities or low-income entrepreneurs (up to $25,000 for start-ups, $50,000 for expansions)
  • Business plan training, technical assistance, matched savings program
  • Collaborations and new initiatives

Lissa D'Aquanni
255 Orange Street
Albany, NY 12210

Entrepreneurial Boot Camp

The program, offered by our sister chamber in Albany-Colonie, is designed to provide business assistance to aspiring entrepreneurs, increase the formation of new businesses and strengthen the operations of businesses during the early stages of development.

Entrepreneurial Boot Camp helps entrepreneurs and first-time business owners to develop skills and access the capital they will need to turn their business concepts into reality.

In addition, Schenectady County Community College and the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber have a unique agreement in place that allows students enrolled in the Business Administration A.A.S. Program or the Entrepreneurship Certificate to take the Chamber’s Entrepreneur Boot Camp for college credit.  This award-winning, 60-hour intensive training program that guides would-be entrepreneurs and existing businesses through the step-by-step process of starting, operating, and managing a business is an approved SCCC course that is listed as Business Plan Development (BUS 252).  For more information, please contact Professor Matthew Farron.

Janet Tanguay
Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber
5 Computer Drive South
Albany, NY 12205


Innogen Business Accelerator

Innogen specializes in commercializing technology-driven products and services through business education.

Michael Visk, Director of Commercial Development
Innogen Business Accelerator
4 Nott Terrace
Schenectady, NY 12308



Volunteer-based organization that gives free and confidential business advice.

  • Planning tools
  • Workshops
  • Seminars
  • Special assistance
  • Online resources

One Computer Drive South
Albany, NY 12205
518.446.1118, ext. 233


Small Business Development Center, University at Albany (SBDC, UA)

The SBDC, UA places emphasis on providing needed services to manufacturers, women, veterans, minority, and physically challenged individuals, or on business impacting distressed and targeted areas. By assisting new and existing small business firms, the SBDC, UA directly contributes to local, regional, and state economies, promoting stability and growth. Since inception, the SBDC, UA has provided business assistance to 17,000 entrepreneurs with 142,461 counseling hours. Of the 23 SBDCs Statewide, the UAlbany program has been consistently ranked within the top three centers in New York over the last three years based on a matrix of efficiency, quality, and quantity.

Provides no-cost assistance to small businesses is the Capital District:

  • Business plan development
  • Small business start – ups
  • Buying/selling a business
  • International trade
  • Marketing
  • Market research
  • Cost analysis/financial management
  • Identifying sources of capital

Amy Amoroso